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Thread: Multiple Questions for recently purchased Artrage 6

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2018

    Multiple Questions for recently purchased Artrage 6

    I've primarily have use Photoshop & Painter. As of late, I've been using Rebelle, CSP & I'd like to use ArtRage (recommend from a friend). However, I'm having trouble finding a few things, which is embarrassing, since I can normally figure these types of things out but, obviously ArtRage seems to do a few things very differently...

    1. Does Artrage 6 have it's own manual? The latest manual I can find is for version 4. If this is the case, how do you find out was is new, changed, ect., for v6?

    2. I'm trying to find a brush & blending tool that blends colors (a palette would be lovely for this program), for both mixing colors (blue + yellow = green) and blending as in something two or more colors to create a smooth transition (example: if painting a portrait & you want the graduations from dark to light to blend). Similarly, when blending you have 4 primary edges: hard, firm, soft & lost. What tool is used, with options?

    3. How can you load & save custom brushes & tools for Windows? What folder is used? Best way to back up (I'm assuming, your on you own, like PS)?

    Any links on-site, would be most welcome. Thank you in advance. This is becoming a little fustrating, as I just want to paint but, I need my blenders & mixers.

    - John

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Here is a custom brush in another thread you might find useful

    Let me know what you think.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Hello JohnKon and welcom to the ArtRage forums
    So to your questions;

    1: No, not as such anymore.
    AR used to ship with a full and comprehensive PDF, launched via the Help menu item, but that got cut back to being a Quick Start guide now which can still be launched from the Help menu.
    Everything now is online, and yes there are lots of references still to be found regarding AR4, but a lot of what applied to AR4 still applies to 5 & 6.
    The main thing about v4 that doesn’t apply now is Workbench Mode, that got replaced by the current Docking Mode when AR5 launched.
    All Online Help files can be found here:

    2: The Pallet Knife is the general Blending tool in AR, though it can also be used to lay colour down too.
    As of AR5&6 the Custom Brush can also be used for blending. And in AR6, as an Eraser also.
    Real colour blending is a global setting in AR and can be turned On/Off by going to; Tools > Colour Options > tick/untick Real Colour Blending.

    3: Any tool or canvas can be saved as a preset and are stored in the appropriate folders within AR’s own folder structure.
    These folders can be easily accessed from within AR by going to Tools > Browse Content Folders.
    Different collections of tools, canvases, colour samples, stencils etc… can also be added to Toolboxes which in turn can be named and saved like a preset for use in future paintings. See Toolboxes:
    As for backups, well of course you will have your normal system backups you can always go to retrieve anything that gets lost should the need arise.
    But specifically within AR’s Preferences you can set it to automatically save incremental backups of paintings each time you hit Save.
    Because of how it currently works I would recommend keeping each painting you do in it’s own folder, as backup files are always stored in the same location as the painting generating them. More info can be found here under the section Store Backup Files:
    Things like custom keys, lists of tools linked to styluses etc… can also be exported and saved to where you want them.
    Hope some of this helps.
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